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Diaper Bag Woes

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Abraham joined me right before I crossed the finish line

I recently ran my first half marathon barefoot. I know, I know…what in the world does that have to do with diaper bags? Even though I can pretty much relate anything to running, if you can ‘bare’ with me here, I promise there is an actual connection this time (such a cheesy pun, huh?).

I ran the race with a small purple backpack that held two different pairs of back-up shoes and two different kinds of socks just in case the course was not barefoot-friendly.  The bag also held other little random things I like to have with me when I run (chapstick, snacks, music, phone, etc). Throughout the race I would sling the bag from my back to my shoulder to grab various items from it. At one point during a super rocky section I stopped to put on my huaraches/running sandals. Unfortunately one of the straps broke almost immediately. So I stopped again and put on my second choice back-up running shoes. At this point a man passing me says “You are like Mary Poppins…I keep waiting to see what you are going to pull out of that little backpack of yours”. 🙂

Fast forward to a few days ago when a mama from the Mom’s Milk Boutique facebook community posted a picture of her new beautiful Mighty Be by Ju-Ju-Be diaper bag and all of the contents she was able to stuff inside of it (with room to spare!). The picture made me immediately think of the Mary Poppins comment from my race. This was one well packed mama for sure…Mary Poppins may even have a thing or two to learn from her! She had snacks, clothes, diapers, toys, baby carrier…you name it, she had it. I might be able to pack a bag well for a run/race, but when it comes to outings with my kids I am sadly inept.

I almost never have band-aids when we need them for a skinned knee at the park. I often have a poopy cloth diaper and no wet bag to stick it in while changing baby’s diaper at the store.  I have (more than once) left freshly filled water bottles on the counter at home only to kick myself later when the 5 of us try to share a $7 16oz disposable water bottles at the zoo. My three-year-old has spent the entire day wearing his 10-month-old brother’s pants because I forgot to pack extra clothes for him. I sheepishly bum food off friends more than I care to admit because I don’t pack enough (or any) snacks for my kids. I guess that’s the fate of a Girl Scout dropout…the “Be Prepared” motto was lost on me!

So in attempt to remedy my diaper bag woes, I decided the first step is to purchase a new bag. Right now I am using a 12 year old Jansport with a broken zipper. Before that I was using a very old, well-loved, hand-me-down ERGObaby backpack with a huge hole in it, stretched-out water bottle holder, and missing velcro (in other words my stuff always fell out of it). Before that I used any random bag I could find around the house. Five years and three kids later, I figure it’s time I invest in a good diaper bag. No I take that back…it’s time to invest in a GREAT diaper bag! Suggestions welcome! 🙂 Step two is to get organized and create a system, but since step one has to come first (and let’s face it, is waayyy more fun!) let’s get shopping!!

So what category do you fall into? Are you Mary Poppins or a Girl Scout drop-out? Would love to hear your diaper bag essentials and/or bloopers.


Silent Saturday

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

Hands free at the beach thanks to our ERGObaby carrier and ERGObaby backpack

Sunday Funday Giveaway | ERGObaby Backpack

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

Do you have an ERGObaby carrier? If the answer is yes AND you love yours as much as I love mine, then you are sure to be excited about this week’s giveaway for an ERGObaby backpack. It is designed to perfectly compliment the ERGObaby carrier. It easily attaches to shoulder straps of cthe ERGObaby carrier with two velcro straps. The shape of the bag is compact yet allows for ample storage of all your cloth diaper bag needs. If you are like me and your diaper bag doubles as a purse, you will enjoy all the pockets for storing your keys, cell phone, wallet, lip balm and other essentials. The are four exterior pockets and two interiors zipped pockets as well as a water bottle holder.  You can carry all this, plus your baby, and STILL be hand-free thanks to the incredible design of ERGObaby products. Enter this week’s giveaway for your chance to win a FREE ERGObaby backpack!